Selling your home can be an emotional and stressful experience but there are ways to make the process smoother. Simple home improvements can make all the difference when it comes to securing a sale. Here are top tips for selling your house:
Clean and declutter
Decluttering your house will have an immediate impact on its appearance by making it look clean, open and spacious. Remove any unnecessary items and clean areas that are likely to be dirty such as the bathroom, laundry and kitchen. Having an organised home will make it more inviting for potential buyers.
Keep the garden tidy
First impressions are paramount when it comes to open homes and a tidy front garden gives potential buyers a positive outlook before they’ve even reached the front door. Be sure to mow the lawn, trim hedges and remove any potential hazards such as loose pavers. Having a presentable yard during inspections lets buyers know your property is well-kept and easy to maintain.
Get out the paint brush
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to revamp your home, look no further than your paint brush. Giving the interior walls a fresh coat of paint will brighten up the space and make your home look new-and-improved. Remember to always use light, neutral shades as opposed to bold colours and patterns that are likely to clash with your décor.
If you have worn or outdated carpet, it’s worth recarpeting those rooms before you sell. For a relatively small amount you can improve the overall aesthetic of your home and add value to the sale. Fresh carpet can change a buyer’s perspective of the house and alter the price they are willing to pay for it. If recarpeting doesn’t fit within your budget, seeking a professional carpet cleaning service is a sound alternative.
Remove personal items
When it comes to selling your house, remember less is more. Removing personal items such as photo frames and fridge magnets will help a buyer envision their future in the home and see the potential the property has to offer.
Make an entrance
You will need to wow buyers as they open the front door so it’s important to think about how you can improve your entrance. Update old homewares to give new life to the space and make sure you have a clear pathway for people to walk through. Keep in mind that updating the entrance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of retailers that offer inexpensive homewares. See our article Eight Kmart buys you need this winter for inspiration.
Make it photo worthy
In a world dominated by Instagram and Facebook, your property will need to be photo ready in order to sell. Potential buyers will be drawn to your property by the photography used to advertise it so having attractive styling and quality images will ensure your house sells fast. Consider hiring a professional stylist to enhance the aesthetic of your home and get the best possible shots.
Get a ‘for sale’ sign
Aside from advertising online, a sign is a cost-effective way to show your property is on the market. People walking or driving past will be aware your house is for sale and this can generate word-of-mouth interest. The sign will typically feature your real estate agency’s logo and contact details, so potential buyers can easily enquire about the property. There are also real estate signs that light up of an evening, increasing visibility and potentially attracting more buyers to your house.
Find the right Real Estate Agent
As with anything in property, research is key and choosing your Real Estate Agent is no exception. Research different agencies and compare Real Estate Agents until you feel comfortable with your decision. If you are still unsure, consider going to an open home that your preferred Real Estate Agent is running to see if their approach meets your expectations. Look for strong local knowledge, professionalism and appropriate experience.
Know your price
Price your property too high and you’ll scare off potential buyers. Price your property too low and you risk selling it for below market value. Experienced Real Estate Agents will often be able to offer you an estimate of what the market value might be before your property hits the market, but keep in mind this is only a rough guide. Having a licensed valuer assess your home will cost you a few hundred dollars, but it’s money well spent if it gets your property sold for the right price. If you aren’t happy with the appraisal, get multiple valuations to determine an accurate price guide.
Go with the flow
It can often be difficult to come to terms with selling your house, especially if it has been your family home for many years. To make the selling process easier, it’s important to take a step back and go with the flow. You don’t need to be present at every open home or interact with all potential buyers. Give them space to wander through your home in a relaxed manner and allow time for them to consider the property in its entirety. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving during an inspection, consider establishing a space or room where you can retreat to when the time comes.